Opportunities

Interested in joining the Kim lab?  Click here for quick tips on how to contact me for both grad school and undergrad opportunities. In general, sending me a cover letter describing your research interests, unofficial copies of transcripts, and CV are enough to get the conversation going! For specific opportunities, see below.

Prospective graduate students 

We are seeking two highly motivated Master’s or PhD students to join the Kim Eco Lab in the Department of Entomology at Kansas State University. The first project (MSc level) will involve habitat restoration effects on insect population dynamics in tallgrass prairie habitat.  The second project will involve modelling the occurrences of insect pests and beneficial insects in soybean across Kansas agroecosystems.  Visit here for more information about both positions.  Deadline is Feb 28, 2022 (closed for 2022).

Prospective postdocs

I currently do NOT have funding for postdocs. Please come back to this site when opportunities become available. I am happy to help write fellowships such as the USDA postdoctoral fellowships (closed for 2021), NSF postdoctoral fellowship (closed for 2021), and  L’Oreal Postdoctoral Women in Science fellowship (closed for 2021) and the Smith Conservation Postdoctoral Fellowship (closed for 2021).

Undergraduate helpers:

I am currently looking for undergraduate students interested in participating in the following projects during the summer (2022). Interested students should submit a CV and unofficial transcripts to Dr. Kim (tkim@ksu.edu) by April 8, 2022 for early consideration.

1 .  Habitat restoration effects on insect biodiversity in tallgrass prairies.  For this project, we will be investigating how the restoration practices such as the removal of invasive plant species (e.g., musk thistle (left), honey locust tree (middle)) affects the biodiversity of insects in tallgrass prairie.  Undergraduate students will assist graduate students to collect plant and insect data at the Lonsinger Sustainability Research Farm near Alton, KS.

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2. Insect pollinator and predator inventory in soybean fields.  The undergraduate student will assist graduate students collect insect data in soybean fields in NE KS.  

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3. Insect body condition assessment.  Undergraduates will assess the body condition (protein, lipid, and carbohydrate amount) of lady beetles that have been fed different diet types in the lab.   

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